Sigmund (4674) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(330 ml bottle). Pours with an enormous and thick light tan head, beer is cloudy, very dark brown colour. Heavenly complex aroma: oak, port wine, dried fruit and spices. 10 points for aroma is not enough! Flavour is complex, spicy and oaky - toffee sweetness is well balanced with hops. Warming mouthfeel, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Long lasting aftertaste. Can't find any faults with the beer - therefore a straight 5.0. Does that imply that any "perfect" beer has to be as strong as Rochefort 10? Certainly not - but in the strong division, this one is in the lead, at least untill I have sampled Westvleteren... (But the price in Norway is outrageous: USD 9 for a small bottle - in the store!)
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 November 2, 2006 Bottle dated 220909. Purchased at the NSLC Port of Wines for the princely sum of $2.98!!! Happy Birthday to me! Huge billowy beige head atop a very dark brown body. Aroma is lightly alcoholic, mild malt and burnt caramel/sugar aroma is moderate, and not helped by my (only available) choice of glassware, but still quite pleasant. Rich flavour is quite obviously alcoholic but more from the gravitas and the warming of the throat than any rough alcohol tastes. Spicey light hints of anise, slowly crosses into an inscrutable line of fruit that is not quite raisins or plum. Lingering warmth of anise/spice and mild sugars in the malty aftertaste. Silky palate (4+) would be a 5 for sure if it had not lost so much carbonation to head formation. Lovely way to start an evening - I am off to the brewpub now! Huzzah! 7/5/8+/5/17 - 4.25 <P>
April 2006 Bottle dated 111108. Probably around a year old or more. Dark brown body with a big fluffy beige head. Boozey aroma, cocoa, muted sweet malt. Sweet malt flavour finishes quite dry, with a warming alcoholic finish and aftertaste. Light burnt sugars below a light powdery cocoa that is mild and subtle but lingers. Malt is far less present and alcohol more prominent than I remember from previous samples. Light notes of dark fruit. Alcohol tones down as the glass goes on, or perhaps it just numbs your palate a little! Medium bodied palate. Fails to live up to my mental picture of it, but still pleasant. 6+/5/7/4/14 - 4.0<P>
August 2003 TFOB. Deep brown/black colour, sweet with a hint of roasted flavour. Nice head, good velvety palate. 6/5/8/5/17 - 4.1
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Appears deep auburn brown but when held up to bright light appears a deep redish amber color. A really beautiful looking beer. Head is creamy tan and very tight settling down to about a quarter inch and resting there. Aroma is a complex one. Very fruity and raisin like aromas, alcohol also present. A bit earthy as well. A rich strongly flavored beer which is fruity and malty with a good kick. Has a very smooth and delicate mouthfeel with just a bit of a bite to it near the finish. Nice warming effect creeps up on you. An exceptional ale.
Update 1/22/10 This as fine a beer you can get. pours beautifully with a thick and lasting head. Wonderful aroma of fruit,malt and yeast, full lucious body with fruity malty flavors to die for.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown, full tan head. The various tastes (dark fruits, nuts) seem to fade in slowly, go through various waves of greatness, give a full and creamy mouthfeel, then fade out ever so slowly. I need to drink more to experience more of the complexities of this wonderful brew. This is as close to perfection one can be!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red color, excellent head and lacing. Fruity, distinctive citrus aromas, lemon, pineapple and malt. Sweet malt up front, with chocolate, toffee flavors, tangy with slight bitterness, and whiskey notes. Finish was well rounded and long lasting. Sampled back to back with the 8, and in my book this is the better of the two. Fantastic! Ex.04/03/08
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 (100th rating, sampled at Akkurat, Stockholm Sweden) dark brown and hazy with thin white lace. very complex and fruity aroma of pears, banana, lime, yeast and alcohol. Smooth tatse of dried plums, banana, apples, pepper and yeast. Alcohol gives a warming feeling with a slightly oily palate which reminds me of tequila. Finishes with some licorice bitterness and sweetness. Grreat!!!!!!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours thick and cloudy chocolate brown,huge well retained noisy beige head. aroma of toffee, malt, chocolate, yeast and alcohol. very nice moutfeel with the flavours dancing all over my tongue. bitter chocolate, yeast, black pepper, pears, cookie-ish malt flavours. warming finish. beautiful.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very distinctive aroma; faint molasses and light hops. A little too faint to score higher. Murky, reddish brown body. Good sized particles are visible and it is highly carbonated. Head is unspectacular. Flavor is very solid and very rich. There is a crispness like champagne, but with more complexity. Flawless flavorwise. Perfect blend of sweetness and alcohol. Vikingbeau wants to call this a session brew. If he can afford the $7 per bottle and can handle 11.3% ABV per pop, then go for it. That's just it with this brew. It is so smooth that you couldn't guess that it is as high in alcohol as it is. Don't forget to include the yeast in the bottom of the bottle...adds to the flavor!
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was my first experience with a belgian strong ale. The plums and fruity taste threw me off at first, but after sampling many other belgian strongs my palate has really grown to love these monkish brews. Two thumbs up for my gateway trappist.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Bottled on 5/22/02, sampled on 5/4/07: Aroma boasts lots of sweet dark fruity figs and raisins. Flavor is much the same, but a little drier. Nicely-balanced and well-aged.
Rerate: Consumed 2/23/04, Bottled on 8/15/01: Pours the same as the previous rating, with added dry Belgian malt in the aroma. Body still has great dark fruit and caramel malt complexity with a bittersweet, almost chocolatey finish that masks the alcohol very well. Still a world-class Trappist ale as far as I’m concerned. This gets the same numbers as my first rating.
7/23/03: Oily dark brown with a thick fizzy tan head. Aroma of fresh baked bread coated with caramel maltiness. Body is thick, syrupy sweet with small bubbles of carbonation dissolved within. Good complexity of dark fruits, hazelnuts and Belgian yeast. Great balance and an onslaught of flavor mask the alcohol wonderfully. This is my favorite Belgian strong ale thus far.